Mike is the main character, who seems to be taking great pains to sabotage any chance he might have at living a happy life. Despite the fact that he had aspirations to be a songwriter, he’s trapped in a crappy advertising job that he refuses to leave. He won’t give the time of day to any of the eligible bachelors his friends hook him up with and he’s increasingly distant from his best friend Sheila. Charming, huh?
Sheila is Mike’s best friend and has been for about two years, when they met at Mike’s current job. She had the common sense to get out while the gettin’ was good. Sheila is an artist who dreams of having her own gallery shows and won’t let anything stand in the way of her dreams. She’s getting increasingly irritated at Mike’s stagnant behavior.
Steve is the latest in a long line of attempts by Sheila to set Mike up with someone so he’ll stop being so pathetically cynical. This time, she knows she’s hit paydirt, because he’s a musician, he’s gorgeous (“But not too gorgeous”) and he seems like the kind of person who wouldn’t let Mike get away with any of his usual evasion bullshit.